River Great Ouse: Recovery Update July 2019

Recovery and restoration
On Friday, 12 July we were able to release approximately 25,000 fish (20,000 dace 6-7cm and 5,000 chub 9-10cm) back into the River Great Ouse at Radclive, Buckingham and Thornborough, the locations were chosen based on their proximity to weirs and the ability for the fish to be distributed through as much of the river as possible.

Partnership working
River Wardens
Our work to establish a voluntary group of River Wardens continues, we hosted an Aquatic Invertebrate Workshop on Thursday, 20 June at the Buckingham Community Centre. John Findlay from the Environment Agency’s Analysis & Reporting team gave a talk on the different species of aquatic invertebrates that can typically be found in the river and how to identify them. Potential volunteer River Wardens then had the opportunity to put their new skills to the test and identify some samples under microscopes. The group was very enthusiastic and enjoyed the chance to get some hands-on experience.
We are hoping that a Project Officer will be in place soon, so that it can finally get the volunteer River Warden scheme up and running.

River Restoration Advice Workshop
We are working with the Wild Trout Trust to finalise our River Restoration Advice Day on 10 September 2019. Planned specifically for partners and landowners on the Great Ouse between Brackley and Buckingham, the event will focus on providing practical knowledge and skills to help restore and improve the Great Ouse in and around Buckingham. This event is invitation only, we are looking for a small number of landowners with an appetite to deliver work to improve the river in this area. Anyone interested should contact Kye Jerrom via FBG.C&B@environment-agency.gov.uk

Other restoration opportunities
• We are assessing options for a fish pass on the Upper Ouse and have secured funding for an initial design to be produced. We will consult local landowners on design options in order to agree a preferred design by the end of the year.
• In June the Wild Trout Trust completed a river restoration options assessment for river improvements through Radclive. It is hoped that this will drive future work to benefit the river and the fishery.

Stay informed
Keep up-to-date with this restoration and other projects by liking our Fisheries, Biodiversity and Geomorphology Facebook page www.facebook.com/OuseFishEA/ or follow us on Twitter @OuseFishEA.
To add your contact details to this distribution list please email: FBG.C&B@environment-agency.gov.uk

Next update due: 24th October 2019

Buckingham Town Council declares climate emergency

Buckingham Town Council has declared a Climate Emergency. The Council made the decision at its meeting Monday 15th July.

Councillor Ruth Newell

Councillor Ruth Newell

It is now clear that the world has less than 12 years to switch away from fossil fuels to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. In response to a motion proposed by Councillor Ruth Newell and seconded by Councillor Robin Stuchbury, Buckingham Town Councillors discussed what they could do to draw attention to the issue, and to take action now to begin to work towards the Town Council being carbon neutral by 2030.

The Town Council also agreed to sign up to the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy to track Buckingham’s progress and link with towns around the world who are cutting emissions.

The Town Council also agreed to a second motion, supporting the need for a Climate Change Action Plan for Buckingham Town, which will be the first step towards taking some concerted actions to reduce and move towards a Net Zero Carbon Footprint for the town.

Councillor Ruth Newell, Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, said,

“I’m really pleased that Buckingham Town Council is taking the lead in recognising that we need to take actions locally to address climate change. We look forward to working with local groups, as well as reviewing our own operations to take immediate action, and also to plan for longer term changes, such as the vehicles we use. There are so many no-cost and low-cost options available that when combined with the funding available to community and other organisations we can start to play an increased role in combating climate change.”

Growing wild in Bourton Park!

Our second meadow in Bourton Park is looking blooming marvelous with a large variety of native annual and perennial wildflower. We have doubled the size of our original wildflower meadow and it is proving very popular with bees, butterflies and other wee beasties! The patch of land (opposite the multi games area in Bourton Park) is sewn with various species including Wild Champion, Ox-Eye daisy, Yarrow, Meadow Butter Cup and many more. Within the small copse of Silver Poplar tree we have planted a mixture that produce seeds which are attractive to birds. The patch looks glorious with a flourish of purple flowering Phacelia, to be followed by UK native species later in the Summer. These particular seeds were gifted to Buckingham Town Council by local resident and nature enthusiast Mrs Una Robinson.

 

The wildflower Meadow is located near the car park entrance to Bourton Park:

25,000 Chub and Dace added to the River Great Ouse

An extra 25,000 Chub and Dace were added to the River Great Ouse today, 12th July, along the stretch between Radclive to Thornborough Mill by the Environment Agency.

This is the second restock by the Environment Agency in the Buckingham area after a pollution incident in the summer of 2018, and is a great step forward for the recovery of the river. Other positive signs have been noted by residents and River Wardens in the last year, including video footage of otters emerging from the river.

Today’s restock took place near Hunter St Bridge and in Bourton Park within Buckingham.

To learn more about how you can be involved in caring for the river in Buckingham, read about the River Wardens scheme on our Buckingham Parks page. 

All new parks guides!

Now live! Buckingham’s new mobile friendly parks guides: with maps, play areas and nature haven spots as well as handy information about toilets, walking, cycling, parking and more!

Visit buckingham-tc.gov.uk/our-services/parks-and-green-spaces to explore and discover more.

The new parks guide has been developed as part of making Buckingham’s Town Council website more accessible and mobile phone friendly.

What else would you like to see covered in more detail on your Town Council site?